Friday, 30 December 2016

A final Christmas card

Freshly made sketches have this sketch
I know that you must be sick of Christmas cards by now but I'm sorry I'm going to bore you for just a little while longer. Here is my card.

I will also be entering this over at Simon says stamp blog Wednesday challenge where it's
'Anything goes'
Card stock: 160gsm in whte
Paper: Free download: source unknown
Rolfes metallic pen in green
Pastel pencil in green
Kindy Glitz in crystalline
Pattern: Chomikuj Narodzenie,8
2 jan

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Gift wrap

Now that Christmas is over and all the presents have been given and received I can share with you what my gifts looked like this year.
I always try to stick to a colour theme and use the same kind of embellishment on them all each year.
Here are my 2016 gifts
I used a strip of hessian tape and some red satin ribbon on each one and made my own clay hearts with air drying clay.To make the hole I used an old take out chop stick and to make the design I pressed an embossing folder into the clay before leaving it to dry.
I traced around the heart and cut out a card stock shape to write the messages on.
Here is a close up
Next time I'll roll out the clay a little flatter as they where a bit thick and heavy.
If you would like to see how I wrapped my gifts in years gone by click here and here.

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

A buttoned up Christmas

TGIF challenges have chosen an unusual colour for Christmas
A couple of years ago I made this card.
I raided both my Mom and my button boxes and came up with this

The strings and bows are hand drawn and I stitched the buttons on after gluing them in place.
I will also be entering this over at Sugarpea designs where the challenge is still
Card stock: 160gsm in cream marbled
                    200gsm in cerise linen effect
Assorted buttons
Corner punch
Pentel fine liner in black
29 dec

While shepherds watched ....


I added some sparkle around the edge of this topper

I will also be entering this over at Split coast stampers F4A357 where it's
'The night before'
We are asked to create a night time scene.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Pattern: Easy embroidery on paper by Jokde Vette
Kindy Glitz in crystaline 
28 dec

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Home made Christmas Crackers.

I decide to make my own crackers this year for Christmas and when I saw the challenge over at Cuttlebug mania I knew that they would be perfect. The challenge is
'A Christmas project in any colour just not red and green' 
So here they are
I made individual Mocha Coffee test tubes to put into each one as the little gift
and up close.
 I really battled to get test tubes and ended up getting pill bottles instead. Unfortunately they where not big enough to put the pieces of chocolate into so I had to make a little plastic bag for that. I attached the bag to the bottle with crochet cotton.
The recipe is:
1st layer: 7ml hot chocolate
2nd Layer: 5ml coffee
3rd layer: 7ml non dairy creamer. I used Cremora 
Fill rest of test tube with pieces or drops of Dark chocolate.
On the back of the label I wrote:
Tip the contents into a mug. Add boiled water and stir. Enjoy.
I will also be entering this over at Simon says stamp blog work it Wednesday November where the challenge is to use dies.
Die: Tree: Spellbinders Nestabilies 2013 Holiday trees
        Tag: Wplus 9 timeless tags 2
Tissue paper in white
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Scraps of hessian
glue gun
Small glass bottle
Non dairy creamer
Hot chocolate
dark chocolate
Crochet cotton
Pentel fine liner in black.

27 dec

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Let's Party!

'Party Time'
I'm celebrating a birthday 

I did a pink version here.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Paper Pizzazz stripes and checks
26 dec

Merry Christmas

Today I would like to take the time to wish all of you who celebrate Christmas a very blessed day.
I will be spending it with family, probably eating way to much but definitely enjoying the time spent together.
Merry Christmas

Source: House that Lars built
Isn't this just the cutest little village scene? 

Saturday, 24 December 2016


I was asked to make a 40th birthday card using the party theme which was 'Vintage'. I found my perfect inspiration in this card made by this week's Split coast stampers FS515 Paulette AKA Parknslide.

I distressed around the topper
Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    200gsm in kraft
Lace: From my stash
Ink: Color eye in chestnut
paper: Free page with Ideas Magazine

Friday, 23 December 2016

What wood you make?

The new challenge at Split coast stampers F4A356 is
'What wood you make?'

I made a 'wood' of trees

I will also be entering this over at Sugar pea designs where it's

card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: up cycled gold soap wrapper
Thread: Green: DMC 204
              Gold: DMC E436
Pattern: Chomikuj Narodzenie,5
23/31 dec

Thursday, 22 December 2016

White snowflakes

Inspired by all the little things. has this really cute photo
I just love the little house shaped biscuits.
I decided to concentrate on the colours in the photo and made these cards. I will be entering the back one in this challenge.

Card stock: 160gsm in white
                    180gsm in kraft
Paper: 80gsm in red
Ribbon: scrap of red and white
Embossing folder: Cuttlebug Swirls
Thread: DMC Blanche
22 dec

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

CASing Kim

At Time out challenges they are bored with Christmas stuff so have offered us something different. We have been asked to CASe this gorgeous card by Kim.
Here is my version
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in black
Pattern: Free down load from Stitching cards Free-flower
Thread: Rayon. Codes unknown
21 dec

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

An 'old' die

The flower challenge has this cue for the month
I used my favourite die for this one and machine stitched the topper to the base.
Here is the other colour version.
card stock: 160gsm in white
                  200gsm in pink
Die: Taylored Expressions Notepaper Border die
20 dec

Monday, 19 December 2016

Let it snow

'Let there be snow'

Here is my card

I often stitch portions of this pattern but very seldom the entire pattern.
I will also be entering this over at Dragonfly journeys where it's
and at TGIF challenges where it's
Card stock: 160gsm in white
paper: 80gsm in pale blue
Flat backed gems in clear 
19/24 dec

Sunday, 18 December 2016


CASology have this cue
and here is my card.
It's another small one and I made 5 in total.
My inspiration

Source: Kim Singdahlsen
card stock: 160gsm in green
paper: 80gsm in white
          Trees: Free download from Crafty ferret
Ribbon: From my stash
Flat backed red gem
19 dec

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas Bear

PINspirational challenges have this cute inspirational photo
I made something that I think a little girl might like to find in her present. Here is my card
To make the stripy background I placed strips of double sided tape onto the card stock and then rubbed the foil over them.
I will also be entering this over at Simply less is moore where it's
Pattern: Easy Embroidery on paper by Joke de Vette
Card stock: 160gsm I white
Glitzing glam: Gold
Foil art: Gold foil
Double sided tape
19/30 dec

Friday, 16 December 2016

Honouring Mary

When I saw the arrangement of the flowers on this card I immediately thought of a pattern which I had stitched recently here. I decided to use it again to honour Mary the Featured Stamper over at Split coast stampers FS514

I will also be entering this over at Curtain call challenge where I concentrated on the colours in their inspirational photo
Card stock: 160gsm in white
paper: Upcycled soap wrapper
Pentel fine liner
Flat backed gems in champagne

Thursday, 15 December 2016

A Star of stars

CASe this sketch have this sketch
Here is my card. I turned the sketch up side down.
You can find a different coloured version  here.
Thread; Lime green: DMC 704
             Sentiment: Stitching cards free-words
Double sided foam dots 
Card stock: 180gsm in metallic red

                    160gsm in white
15 dec

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Button Heart

TGIF challenges have quite a complicated sketch this time around
It was only after completing the card that I realized I hadn't followed the sketch exactly. Oh dear but here is my card anyway.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in wine red
           Pink: Paper Pizzazz in soft tints
Buttons: from my stash and I raided my Mom's too.
Craft glue

15 dec

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Silver angel

Sweetpea designs have this challenge
When making the card below I made three different colour combinations. I showed you one here and today I'll share my second combination.
To make the blue strip I pressed and ink pad to the card stock and gently moved it across the piece. Once it was dry I pricked and stitched my angel.
This is the card which I will be sending to most family and friends this year so I will be entering it over at Simon says stamp blog Happy-national-christmas-card-day
card stock: 160gsm in white
Ink: Artic Aqua
Double sided foam tape
Pattern: Chomikuj
25 Dec/ 2 Jan

Monday, 12 December 2016

Small tree

CAS colours and sketches Have this challenge
It was fun scrolling though all the sketches from this year. I choose this one
and made these small cards

I machine stitched around the toppers to hold them in place
Card stock: 160gsm in green
                    Scraps of white and kraft
Flat backed gems in green
metal dots 
14 dec

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Just add...Gift tgas

Just add ink have a very appropriate cue this week.
Here are mine
They are hand cut and the charm is tied on with a little cotton.
Card stock: 160gsm in red and white
Satin ribbon in white
White sewing cotton
Charms: tree and stocking
14 dec

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Golden Fairy

Butterfly spot challenge has nothing to do with butterflies this time around. It's 
'Fairies, elves, gnomes and pixies'

This card was for an order and I was asked specifically to not include any facial features.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Rolfes metallic pen in gold

Thread:  Gold: DMC E3821
               Silver: DMC E677
27 dec

Friday, 9 December 2016


Addicted to CAS is celebrating a birthday so they have chosen this word for inspiration this week.
We recently had a family wedding. I made three cards before I decided which one to use here and here . Today's card was my least favourite. I was going for two shades of gold but I didn't make enough of a contrast between the two for the card to be effective. But here it is anyway
I will also be entering this over at CASology where it's
I reckon there is lots of white 'space' on this card.
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Thread: Gold: DMC E3821
             Silver: DMC E677
Peel off in gold
Die: Edging Dies  ED 002 
9/12 dec

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Snowflakes on Kraft

Curtain call challenge have this inspirational photo.
I concentrated on the colours and came up with this card
I will also be entering this over at AAA cards where it's
'Ice Inspiration'
Card stock: 160gsm in kraft and white
Paper: 80gsm in red
Flat backed gems in clear and red
Scrap of ribbon
Thread: DMC in white
10/17 dec